The World Bank estimates that Nairobi traffic jams cost Sh50 million in lost productivity a day.
Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia earlier said that they have plan to reduce traffic jams in the city centre by completing a ring road and four link roads as kenyans await for its implementtion with the hope that it will offer a lasting solution to the unending traffic jams
There are predictions of Nairobi’s population to double by 2030 and car ownership set to rise and therefore the need to address the situation before it gets out of control.
Part of the plan is a four-lane, 16.5-kilometre expressway connecting Gitaru and Ruaka.
The road, known as the Western Bypass, will connect the Southern Bypass in Gitaru and the Northern Bypass in Ruaka, completing the ring road.
All major junctions around Nairobi will have modern high-capacity systems with interchanges, according to the new plan by the ministry.
The bypasses forming the ring road would be 96.7 kilometres long once complete.
The Southern Bypass from Mombasa Road to Kikuyu is 28.2 kilometres while the Eastern Bypass linking Mombasa and Thika roads stretches for 52 kilometres.
The Western Bypass will cost Sh17.3 billion, with 17.7 kilometres of service roads and two metre-wide walkways on both sides.